Anne Frank and Pornography
This isn’t really a story about Anne Frank being involved in pornography. It’s a story about a mother who is out of touch with reality.
Gail Horalek, whose daughter attends Meads Mill Middle School in Michigan, has filed a complaint with the school board to have the book, which has been a staple of education for middle school aged children for decades, removed from the class room.
She cites passages of “Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl” when the young woman discovers her genitalia.
“The problem is the school is giving the seventh graders inappropriate material and not explaining it to the parents,” Horalek told the Northville Patch.
“I’ve read Anne Frank’s diary several times. I’m familiar with the passages,” Tara Hodges, a mother of three from Oklahoma City, said. “It isn’t pornographic. If she thinks that is pornographic, she’d better not let her daughter watch the evening news. They go into more graphic detail on the news in Anne Frank’s diary.”
Horalek said she arrived at her concerns when her daughter, who is in 7th grade, told her some of the passages made her ‘uncomfortable’.
“It’s pretty graphic, and it’s pretty pornographic for seventh-grade boys and girls to be reading,” Horalek told Fox 2. “It’s inappropriate for a teacher to be giving this material out to the kids when it’s really the parents’ job to give the students this information.”
“She must have her daughter living under a rock,” Hodges continued. “The book is necessary, especially in the times we live.”
Horalek said she would prefer an ‘edited’ version of the 1947 book, which would eliminate sexual content.
So, what’s your opinion? First of all, let’s state the facts. Ms. Horalek’s daughter is 12 or 13 years old. Unless you’re in denial, that age group is most likely more knowledgeable about sex than their parents in 2013. If her daughter is uninformed, and shocked at the reality the physical make-up of the human body, she is in serious trouble.
Has Ms. Horalek had discussions with her daughter about menstruation, or how babies become alive in a woman’s uterus? If not, she might start thinking about helping her become aware of the real world.
The hidden reality of the story is that Ms. Horalek is uncomfortable with her child facing both the realities of history and of human growth and sexuality.
Parents who remain in denial as their children reach sexual maturity are creating a dangerous situation for their children both mentally and physically. While America remains a puritanical society, the European countries have fewer psychological maladies. One of the primary reasons is associated with a single word, honesty.
Parents continually underestimate the intelligence and maturity of their children. We live in a society of ‘too much information’. If your son or daughter has his or her own wireless phone or computer, they have access to more information than I had when I was their age if I had read the Encyclopedia Britannica from cover to cover.
If they want information about anything ever written or discussed, they have the ability to read it.
The ignorance of Ms. Horalek’s complaint about Anne Frank’s diary lies in the assumption that her daughter has no knowledge about the small passage that describes a young woman ‘coming of age’.
If she is serious about maintaining what she believes is her daughter’s lack of knowledge about sexual matters, she must prohibit her from using an iPhone, or the internet.
Columnist-The Guardian Express